Category: Ronan Noone
Playwright alum and adjunct assistant professor Ronan Noone received the 11th annual Original 1st Irish Theatre Festival’s Best Playwright award for his play The Smuggler. The awards were announced during the closing ceremony of the two-week event. Congratulations!
Playwright alum and adjunct assistant professor Ronan Noone’s The Smuggler, a new solo comedy, has its American premiere this week (Jan. 14-21) as part of Origin Theatre Company’s 1st Irish Theatre Festival. New York-based Fat Violet Theater produces. Congratulations!
…to everyone who made Boston Theater Marathon XX possible! See you next year!
I have a lot of great memories of Derek Walcott but the one abiding memory, the one that always returns, is when he pulled me aside one day after our first class together. He had just heard an early draft of a play I was writing and he asked if I would like to sit in on his poetry seminars too. I said, “Yes, of course.” But what it really meant to me was that this master had seen something in my work that required his attention; that this green behind ears newbie had the stuff to become a writer. It was the recognition that gave me the confidence to be the writer I am today.
The play I was working on that day was The Lepers of Baile Baiste. And below is a picture of myself and Derek and Ciaran Crawford on the opening night of that play in New York City three years after that first class. I am what I am because of Derek Walcott.
—Ronan Liam Noone
Review from The Boston Globe
You can’t accuse Augustine Early, the bottom-feeding tabloid reporter in Ronan Noone’s “The Atheist,’’ of concealing her unscrupulous intentions. “My rules: Do whatever you have to do to get the story,’’ she proclaims.
Augustine certainly follows that amoral credo in an absorbingly spiky production of Noone’s 2006 solo play at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, directed and designed by the playwright himself.
“So much for Objective Journalism. Don’t bother to look for it here—not under any byline of mine; or anyone else I can think of. With the possible exception of things like box scores, race results, and stock market tabulations, there is no such thing as Objective Journalism. The phrase itself is a pompous contradiction in terms.”
—Hunter S. Thompson
1 – It would be foolish to think that objectivity is still a foundation on which our media is built. It is not. A newspaper, a TV channel, a radio station, and a website—whether blatantly obvious or mildly subtle—is ultimately linked to a political party and/or a specific political ideology. If you associate that ideology with a personal belief that mirrors and outlines your own ethical slant, it is likely you will buy that paper and find solace, faith, and a linked community upon which your safety and anger act as both offense and defense against those whose beliefs are often the exact opposite. And for those whose beliefs are the opposite, they will read and agree with the paper and TV channel that sings to their choir. It seems there is little room for compromise these days, particularly as the news is repeated in a cyclical stream leaving the viewer riddled with anxiety and fearful of the other side.
2 – When I was growing up, the headline on the front page was usually a clever, reductive and self-satisfied bon mot that explained a story in a word, like “Gotcha,” which is how the Sun newspaper in Britain announced the sinking of an Argentinian ship during the Falklands war. It is that bawdy, xenophobic, nationalistic attitude and irreverent language that gave voice to Augustine Early. It is a familiar voice again. Back then it was the men, Rupert Murdoch and Robert Maxwell who published those papers. Today it is still men: Murdoch, Henry, Bezos, Karsh, Slim. (I would also count Peter Thiel in there too because he had the money to shut down a media group because of a sex tape.) More
Happy opening of The Second Girl to Ronan Noone and everyone at the Vineyard Playhouse!
Happy opening (this weekend) to Ronan Noone and the team of his play The Second Girl at the Contemporary American Theater Festival…
…and to Ronan and our friends at Happy Medium Theatre, who open Brendan next week!